Community leaders decry recent spate of gun violence in Pittsburgh area

By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and police Chief Cameron McLay will hold a news conference this afternoon to address recent gun violence in the city — a day after about two dozen community leaders did the same.

The group on Tuesday morning decried a spate of gun violence in and around Pittsburgh that has left at least 15 people dead or wounded since the beginning of September.

“The ongoing violence in our community is unacceptable,” said Tim Stevens, B-PEP chairman and CEO.

The meeting began with the reading of a list of about a dozen recent shootings, marking deaths including those of 22-month-old Josiah Taylor in Fineview; Curtis Pounds, 15, of Knoxville; and a 14-year-old in East Liberty, Desean Fountain.

Rich Carrington said Curtis’ funeral will be the 188th of a young black male he has attended since 2000.

“When are we going to say enough is enough?” said Mr. Carrington, the executive director of Voices Against Violence.

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